On Monday, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a suicide attack on a Saudi Arabian frigate off Yemen’s coast. Two crew members were killed, and three were injured. The Houthis, who are Shia, have been fighting against Saudi Arabia (which has a Sunni government) since 2015.
The attack was surprising in that it’s rare for the Houthis to launch suicide attacks (unlike some of their other Jihadist counterparts) — and even more surprising in that it may have been intended for an American target. Two defense officials told Fox News that the intended target may have been an American warship. We also learned Monday that the day prior, Iran had conducted their first ballistic missile test since Trump took office, which was in violation of a UN Resolution. They had also conducted UN-resolution violating tests while Obama was in office, but Obama didn’t even pretend to care.
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
It didn’t take long for putting them on notice to turn into action. As the Daily Mail reported:
The Trump administration made good this morning on its threats to punish Iran for its illicit ballistic missiles test.
Treasury sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 businesses Friday, Reuters reported, several of which were based in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China.
Trump Tweeted out earlier this morning that Iran was “playing with fire,” and unlike Obama, he wouldn’t sit by idly.
Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
The president dramatically raised the possibility of military action against Iran over its missiles test on Thursday saying ‘nothing is off the table’ amid reports that a new round of sanctions could be coming within hours.
Sources told the Associated Press that up to two dozen Iranian individuals, companies and possibly government agencies could be penalized as part of the move, officials with knowledge of the coming actions said.
The White House had put Iran ‘on notice’ on Wednesday, refusing to rule out military action or sanctions in response to the ballistic missile test – something the nuclear bargain Iran struck with Barack Obama explicitly forbids.
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